Editorial Illustration: Communicating an Idea Visually | Anita Kunz | Skillshare

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Anita Kunz, Artist and Illustrator

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7 Lessons (34m)
    • 1. Trailer

    • 2. Developing Your Idea

    • 3. Concepting

    • 4. Sketching Ideas

    • 5. Illustrating

    • 6. Finalizing

    • 7. More Creative Classes on Skillshare

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About This Class

I've been doing cover illustrations for years, working on many projects for The New Yorker, Time Magazine, and BusinessWeek to name a few. All of these projects have one thing in common: identifying your metaphor, and visually running with it.


My illustrations require a thoughtful concepting process that helps me find that appropriate metaphor. This metaphor is the meat and potatoes of editorial illustration. In this class, you'll get a glimpse of my process: from concepting your metaphor and it's symbolism, to developing your sketch, to finally completing your illustration. This is the process I go through for commissioned editorial illustrations as well as fine art creation.

What You'll Learn

  • Your Idea. We'll explore the current political scene and relevant stories in the media to research and explore metaphors and symbolism.
  • Concepting. We'll concept your chosen issue and brainstorm around its visual representation.
  • Sketching. We'll sketch out various ideas for your metaphor to come to life.
  • Illustrating. We'll work with a variety of color mediums to illustrate your piece.
  • Finalizing. We will put finishing touches on your coloring, and we'll touch on professionalizing your approach


What You'll Do

As I create a full commissioned editorial illustration, you will follow along and create your own! You will be challenged to think about a current political event or relevant issue in the media to concept out and illustrate. I will teach you constructive ways to identify your concept, bring it to life, challenge the issue at hand, and have a nice visual aesthetic.

Concepting and illustrating your ideas is a critical skill in communicating as an artist. Editorial illustrators have the unique opportunity to share their vision with a general audience. I am going to teach you how to communicate clearly through your art as a conscious image maker, rather than a slave to your medium.